There is many things we can do to make our blog content reach more audience, one of them is by putting social share buttons in our blog page. It’s An easy way to encourage users to share your sites content at any moment by using plugins, free or paid ones or manually add codes.
I this post we gonna talk about to add free social share button plus an automatic URL shortener for Twitter using Po.st by Radiumone. We also can track how viral is our posts using Po.st Analytics. So we gonna have benefits of three in one functions here, and its absolutely free!
There is two ways to do this, by installing Po.st WordPress plugin and by manually add codes. Since Po.st plugins sometimes conflict with other plugins and Theme, so this post is prefer on how we will learn to install it by adding the code manually to our blog.
Wanna try it? okay! lets get start it!
Sign Up to Po.st
In order to add the widget to our Blog, first we need to sign up to sharing tools Po.st websites.
When you finished with standard sign up process and confirming your email address. From the dashboard, You can go to Social Tools page in Po.st navigation menus and ready to set up the widgets.
Setting up the widgets
In Social Tools page you will see six choices of social sharing widgets: Sharing buttons (standard), Floating sharing buttons, Dark social sharing, Native sharing buttons, Share image buttons and Newsletters sharing buttons.
Just pick one or few of them you like to activate by click on “Set up and activate” button.
It will take you to set up page. Customize the way you like it. Drag across lists to add/remove available services or up/down to reorder. Set the position, Arrangement, Background color, Symbol color, Type, Shape, Size, Counters etc.
When you done with how the sharing buttons look, Don’t forget to click ‘Save & update’ buttons.
To go back click on ‘back to the list’ link on top left to go back in main Social Tools page, if you want to activate more than one sharing buttons.
Copy the code in the end of settings page. And go to your WordPress Admin Panel to paste the code.
Paste Code to WordPress
Inside your WP Admin, go to > Appearance > Editor > Theme Footer(footer.php)
Paste the code between </body> and </html> and then click Update File to save the change. see screen shot below
Note! do not messing around with Theme Functions (functions.php) !
If you are running Genesis theme you can use Simple Hook plugins to install the code.
This code is only for Floating, Dark social and share image buttons. So to install other sharing buttons which is Sharing Buttons, Native and Newsletters buttons you need to go back to Po.st Social Tools page and then copy the html code below the ‘script’ codes, see screen shot below.
Paste the code below of the last paragraph of your post, but first you need to change WP post editor from ‘Visual’ to ‘Text’ mode.
And you are done! The result is like screen shot below 👇
Note & closing word
In order for you to easily install the code again next time when you publish a new post, it’s better to save the code on Note pad (Windows) TextEditor if you are Mac user.
To see the analytics for tracking how viral is your content, log in to your Po.st dashboard.
For you who using Blogger blogspot as your blogging platform, you can go here to learn how to install Po.st Social sharing buttons in your blog. For Squarespace integration you can learn here, for Tumblr integration here.
If you wanna instantly install Po.st you can download the WordPress plugin HERE. But like I said before, this plugins will getting error if there is any conflict with other plugins or with your theme.
Don’t wanna get your hands dirty?
This is my recommended for premium Social share plugin for ya, it’s only cost $19 for one site. The plugin is called Social Warfare. Download this awesome plugins through my affiliate link if you want to support me.
But you can also download a free version of Social Warfare plugins from WordPress plugins page. You choose! 🙂
Okay that’s it! Hope you found this post useful, You can share this post with your friends on social media if you like, using the Po.st Social sharing buttons below👇 Cheers!